Journalist Sues American Hustle Makers For Defamation Because Crazy Character Misunderstood His Article
from the that's-just-crazy dept
Hey, remember that funny little trademark lawsuit brought by a software company against the Batman movie makers over fictional software that appeared in the film? Oh, I have one way better than that. Let me tell you about the lawsuit being brought by a journalist against the filmmakers behind American Hustle because a notably crazy character in the film totally portrayed said journalist’s article from the 70’s incorrectly.
Paul Brodeur, a real-life science journalist who has written for The New Yorker, is suing the team behind American Hustle for a reference made to him in the film. In the film, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) tells her husband, Irving (Christian Bale), that microwaves take “all of the nutrition out of our food.” When Irving calls the claim bullshit, Rosalyn responds, “It’s not bullshit. I read it in an article. Look, by Paul Brodeur.”
Brodeur’s complaint states, “Paul Brodeur has never written an article or ever declared in any way that a microwave oven ‘takes all the nutrition out of our food.’” Rather, it states, Brodreur has publicly denounced that claim, pointing to a 1978 interview with People Magazine.
And, as it turns out, Brodeur is actually correct about that part: he didn’t claim that microwaving food took all the nutrition out of it. He made claims about the resulting radiation exposure being a problem, but nothing about nutrition. Even in the book, he wrote about all the myriad dangers of microwave energy, be it from ovens or from US and Soviet soldiers beaming them into each other’s faces and stuff, but still there was no mention of nutrition. For this slight against his position, Brodeur is claiming libel, defamation, slander and false light, and would please like $1 million and the removal of his name from future prints of the film, mmkay?
Since he appears to have missed out on the character development in the movie, the character of Rosalyn is a complete damned whack-job who says innumerable crazy things. In other words, she’s portrayed in a manner that renders the viewer completely incapable of taking her seriously or in anyway thinking anything she claims or says is valid. She’s a manipulative sociopath. In other words, nobody watched this scene in this movie and immediately thought, “Ha, what a piece of shit Paul Brodeur is.”
That’s because the referenced article came out in the late 70’s, featuring a subject nobody really cares about any more, and…whatever this is dumb, and I don’t want to talk about all the reasons why. The point is, Brodeur wasn’t harmed by a crazy fictional character misstating his position in an article from a time when John Lennon was reigning king.